Home Care or a Nursing Home? Choosing the Best Option

As seniors enjoy their golden years, they might start having difficulty when it comes to keeping up with the tasks they need to do as part of their daily lives. This might be the result of illness or growing frailty.

While family members will want to step in and help, there’s only so much they can do. When the need is great enough, their elderly relative may need outside assistance.  

In-home care allows the person to stay in their home while someone comes in and assists them. A nursing home means a move to a facility where they have 24/7 care and medical assistance at their disposal. How will they decide which one is best?

The level of care

What type of care the senior needs and how often they need it is a primary factor in choosing between in-home care and a nursing home. A person needing a bit of help to perform daily activities or companionship has different needs from someone who has dementia and is unable to look after themselves.

Evaluating the amount of care needed will give provide insight into what type of care would work best. Naturally, the situation may evolve, after which the current arrangements would have to change to adapt to it. Wherever possible, the senior’s preference should be at the heart of any decisions regarding their living arrangements.

Financial arrangements

Another principal factor in the choice between in-home care and a nursing home is affordability. Both options can be relatively expensive and can place a strain on a tight budget.

Medicare users should explore their options before committing. Providing members meet the fund’s requirements, they could qualify for payment for their care needs. However, as there are usually copayments involved, and Russell Noga of medisupps.com, advocates for supplementary plans such as the Mutual of Omaha Medicare Supplement. In his expert opinion, in-home healthcare and nursing homes can be affordable with the correct financial planning.

 In-home care

There are various types of in-home care options, and the kind of care needed will govern the choice. Some older adults require 24-hour care, which can become very costly. Others require less than 44 hours of care a week, needing someone to come in and help with housekeeping, perform other daily tasks, provide companionship, and ensure that the client eats well and takes their medication.

The type of care mentioned above will cost significantly less than professional medical in-home care services, such as those offered by nurses, doctors, occupational therapists, and physiotherapists. These caregivers assist with tasks like wound care, post-operative recovery, IV tubes, feeding tubes, and catheters.

Seniors who want to remain in the familiar comfort of their home will opt for in-home care. They feel it gives them a better quality of life and overall sense of happiness.

Nursing homes

Nursing homes are ideal for seniors whose assistance needs cannot be met by a part-time caregiver in a traditional home environment. At a nursing home, the residents have around-the-clock access to assistance with tasks for daily living, including hygiene and meal preparation. The same applies to medical care, and these facilities have their own medical facilities.

While the cost of a nursing home might seem higher than that of in-home care, it’s essential to remember the extras it provides. This includes crafts, fitness, outings, socializing, and entertainment. 

Many seniors enjoy the nursing home’s atmosphere, where they can make new friendships and are unlikely to feel lonely. They also feel secure knowing that there are plans in place to take care of them should they get ill or injured.

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